Hampton Court Palace Private Tour: Traverse History with an Accredited Guide
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Molesey
Embark on a private tour of Hampton Court Palace with accredited guide Sarah. Discover the secrets, stories, and ghosts that haunt this historic site. See magnificent artworks, Tudor kitchens, and more.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Hampton Court Palace - As we enter through the Tudor Gatehouse it may feel as though we have stepped back in time to the 16th Century. Together we will explore the courtyards and Tudor Kitchens, we will sense the smells and sounds of a busy working environment where sumptuous meals were prepared by the many servants for the Court of King Henry VIII. We will ascend to the upper floors to view the magnificent Tudor State Apartments which includes some of the finest artwork and tapestries from the period such as the Abraham Tapestries and the painting of the Family of Henry VIII. Walk through the Great Hall and along the Haunted Gallery where I shall tell the ghost story of Catherine Howard, King Henry VIII’s doomed fifth wife. Then we will move into the Baroque side of the palace built in 1689 by Queen Mary II & King William III to rival Versailes near Paris. We will see the magnificent gardens which include the world famous hedge Maze, the Great Vine, the Royal Tennis Court and the King’s Privy Garden.
What's Included
  • Personal tour guided by accredited Sarah, White Badge holder.
What's Not Included
  • Entrance to the palace, tickets cost approximately £30 should be purchased separately
Additional Information

Sarah, employed at Hampton Court Palace since 2008, is privy to all the hidden tales surrounding those who once dwelled, labored, and met their end within this historic edifice. Sarah shares, ‘As a proficient raconteur, I’ll resurrect figures from history. Experience fables of lovers, treacheries, and phantom presences that linger in the corridors while treading the path of sovereigns where historical events transpired.’ You’ll glance upon splendid art pieces in the State Apartments of Henry VIII and William III, along with the Tudor timepiece, cooking areas, vine storage, and Pond Gardens. My tour’s expenditure includes a private group of 15 individuals for a span of 2 hours. If necessary, I am open to accommodating additional guests and extending the tour duration, yet kindly reach out to me to finalize such unique arrangements. Please note that the tour price DOES NOT cover the admission fees to Hampton Court Palace. The entrance ticket to the palace, costing around £30 per individual, can be procured from the Historic Royal Palace’s official website.

Location
64 Hampton Ct Way
Hampton Court Way
I will meet you at the West Gate which is the main palace entrance. Once you have entered through Trophy Gate from the road A309, proceed up the driveway which is known as Trophy Drive, I shall wait near the moat just in front of the main entrance, West Gate.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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_roger_g_warren
Feb 12, 2024
An excellent guide of Hampton Court Palace - Sarah is an excellent guide with encyclopedic knowledge of Hampton Court and it's history. She communicates it beautifully and is very easy to listen to and understand. She answered all the questions she was asked. She was pleasure as a guide and I have no hesitation in recommending her.
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Dipsontherun
Feb 11, 2024
Excellent tour - What an excellent tour. Sarah is an outstanding guide and we learned many new facts about Kind Henry and Hampton Court that we were previously unaware of. No question was left unanswered and the tour was interesting, informative and fun. Thank you and totally recommended.
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Tauser10022019
Feb 10, 2024
An excellent guide - personable and informative - a group of us had an excellent tour with Sarah. she was very engaging and informative whilst keeping the talk light and entertaining. she answered all questions raised and kept us captivated for two and a half hours. book her if you can - you won't be disappointed
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Gma819
Feb 8, 2024
Hampton Court Palace - private tour - Sarah was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer all questions posed to her. She gave a very interesting insight into the life and times of the building and the royals who lived there. Will definitely book another tour with Sarah
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Judith_a
Jan 29, 2024
One of the best tours I have ever been on! - Sarah’s ability to relate the history of this incredible place is off the charts. She is a spell-binding story teller and historian. My 2.5 hour tour flew by. I wish I could have stayed another 2.5 hours. Thank you Sarah!!
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Patrick_h
Jan 22, 2024
Sarah is a great guide. - Wow! Sarah was just great - so friendly, knowledgeable and funny. I strongly recommend booking with her for your tour. We greatly enjoyed ourselves.
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615pams
Jan 11, 2024
Fabulous Tour with the Best Guide - Fantastic tour with the most amazing guide. Sarah knew her palace inside and out. We are all history buffs, and she answered every question without pause. We particularly appreciated her ability to keep the genealogy of the royals families straight. Favorite tour of the trip.
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Pam_s
Jan 11, 2024
Fantastic Well Versed Guide - Our family absolutely loved our tour with Sarah. She was quick whittled and extremely knowledgeable. We appreciated her grasp on the complete genealogy of the Royal families throughout the period. We all had questions, and she knew all the answers. We are simply delighted we took this tour with Sarah.
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Darlene_c
Jan 5, 2024
Hire a guide that historians come to for info about Hampton Court Palace - Sarah Slater was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide! Having worked at Hampton Court for several years, she showed me many elements and inside stories I would have missed on my own. Highly recommend!
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Colin_l
Jan 3, 2024
Fantastic tour with a great guide - Sarah was a fantastic guide! Extremely knowledgeable and great at explaining. She makes history very digestible and easily understood despite the long and complicated timeline of events that have transpired at this magnificent palace. We really enjoyed our time at Hampton Court and this was certainly one of the highlights of our trip! Well worth the journey. Will certainly without hesitation recommend to my friends visiting London in the future.
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